Process Construct in the Virtual R&D Teams PDF Print E-mail

 


Nader Ale Ebrahim


Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya; Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya

 

Shamsuddin Ahmed


University of Malaya (UM)

 

Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid


University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

 

Zahari Taha


University Malaysia Pahang - Department of Manufacturing Engineering

 

Marjan Mohammadjafari


University of Malaya (UM)

December 2, 2012

in Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Conference (APIEMS 2012), Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand, 2012, pp. 1822-1828, December 2012

Abstract:     
Literature proves the importance of the process role in the effectiveness of virtual research and development (R&D) teams for new product development (NPD). However, the factors that make process construct in a virtual R&D team are still unclear. The manager of virtual R&D teams for NPD does not know which items of process should be used. To address the gap and answer the question, the study presents a set of factors that make a process construct. The proposed construct modified by finding of the field survey. We empirically examine the relationship between construct, dimensions and its factors by employing the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). A measurement model built base on the 13 preliminary factors that extracted from literature review. The result shows 9 factors out of 13 factors maintaining to make process construct. These factors can be grouped into two dimensions namely generating report and collaborative system. The findings can help new product development managers of enterprises to concentrate in the main factors for leading an effective virtual R&D team. In addition, it provides a guideline for future research.

 

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Collaboration teams, questionnaires performance, cross-functional teams, product development, measurement model, virtual team

JEL Classification: L1, L11, L7, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, Q31, Q32, P24, P42, P29, L17

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Date posted: February 22, 2013  

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Abdul Rashid, Salwa Hanim and Taha, Zahari and Mohammadjafari, Marjan, Process Construct in the Virtual R&D Teams (December 2, 2012). in Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems Conference (APIEMS 2012), Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand, 2012, pp. 1822-1828, December 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2216402
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